Friday, January 04, 2013 6:42 PM
So im just starting to help my Dad implement a few features in his business. There are a host of things that need doing, but the low-hanging fruit would be to enable desktop/file syncing and saving item to his server.
He has an office of 4 dekstops(All XP), and also a server(running server 2003 if that matters). Im not sure they are "connected" to the server, but they do have a shared web folder on each.
Is there anyway to link each desktop to the server so that files created on the desktops, would be automatically saved to the server? Basically all content created on the desktops would be shown and saved onto his office server.
Additionally, is there an application that enables device syncing? As in, if he were to create content on his personal laptop, then it would automatically sync and show on his work laptop and vice versa? Besides dropbox. Is there an auto-syncing app of sorts? Similar to the blackberry setup for mobiles?
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 9:22 AMModerator
It seems to be a new enviroment, so please first make sure a domain is created.
With domain we could do the following things easily. You can create domain accounts for each user. Set group policy to direct their Desktop/My Documents etc to a shared folder on server, so you could see any file which created on desktops on server system. This called Folder Redirection.
If you join the personal laptop to the domain also, your father need to logon the same domain account on both personal and work laptop. Since Folder Redirection is set, files in folders which are redirected (such as My Documents) will be there whichever laptop your father logged on (this is not called sync because files are just saved on server).
And as Offline Files is enabled by default when Folder Redirection is enabled, the files created offline when the personal laptop is not connected with campany network, will be synced once it is connected.
In addition, if there is no domain involved, you could try to share a folder on server to public. Any files created on Desktop computers should be created in that folder (to saved to server). And for the sync, enable Offline Files on that shared folder and make sure both laptop saves files to the shared folder. As the folder is on server, files will be there when logging on either laptop.
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- Marked As Answer by Shaon ShanMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Monday, January 14, 2013 8:54 AM